A Tribute to Mike Company 3rd Battalion 7th Regiment 1st Marine Division
Mike Company 3/7, 1st Marine Division was in Vietnam from 7/1/65 to 10/12/70; known as “A Company called Mike” or “Medevac Mike” because of the casualties that Mike Company caused the enemy and received in return. While in Vietnam, I was assigned to Mike Company from May to September 1968. I held my own. On September 29th, 1968 I was blinded in combat and received a Purple Heart. Since 1990, Mike Company has reunions every year. Attending these reunions since 1993, I learned that it wasn’t any easier before I arrived with Mike Company in Vietnam; nor did it get any better after I left. Mike Company was a humbling experience. I learned the value of life and the sobering experience of death through Mike Company. I watched Marines around me be more courageous than I could ever imagine. As the anger and revenge built up within me I was wounded; at the same time as I felt my heart continue to harden against the enemy. I left Vietnam with a numbness inside of me, but with a motivation I never knew. I am in awe of all those who have served with Mike Company. All of what I’ve done since Vietnam is dedicated to them. They are my motivation.